Trend forecast: Content marketing in 2016 (Part 1)

15:33 PM (13 Hours ago) Editorial Desk
For the most part of this year, content marketing has been ‘the next big thing’. It’s everywhere and South African brands and businesses have finally began to realise its value.  

Award-winning Miners Shot Down to be broadcast on [ED] this November

15:19 PM (13 Hours ago) Media News
[ED], the first South African channel to air the International Emmy Award-winning documentary Miners Shot Down, will repeat the documentary again this weekend following its acclaim.

Six tips to better engage with your audience

14:37 PM (14 Hours ago) Opinion
So you’ve managed to direct more traffic to your website. What now? Eduard Marais, CEO and co-founder of Kwikweb, offers six tips on engaging with your audience.

AfriDocs takes an honest look at climate change

14:36 PM (14 Hours ago) Media News

The start of December signals the beginning of #ClimateChangeWeek, AfriDocs’ annual week-long film event devoted to some of the most important environmental documentaries from across the globe. 

Disruption is everywhere - Angus Robinson

14:29 PM (14 Hours ago) Marketing News
On Wednesday, 25 November, Sandton was the venue for the NativeVML Foundation Educational In-reach Session. Hosted by agency co-founder and mobile, content, community and media director Angus Robinson, the session focused on the hottest digital trends of 2015.

Win at social media in 5 steps

13:53 PM (14 Hours ago) Opinion
As social media continues to grow, many brands are still a bit unsure about how they can harness it in a way that drives better relationships with their customers. Bianca Quinn-Diavastos, head of Business Solutions and Strategy at 25AM provides five starting points for shaping a social media strategy that will pay off for your brand. 

Appeal to low-income customers with ChiChi Sponsored Call Marketing

11:40 AM (17 Hours ago) Opinion
Consumer brands in South Africa spend millions of Rands every year on billboard, TV, radio and print advertising. But it’s getting more and more difficult (and expensive) to capture and hold people’s attention. Patrick Palmi, CEO of, explains his company’s new sponsored call marketing plan, and how it aims to tackle this. 

No horsing around in the new Carling Black Label ad

11:11 AM (17 Hours ago) Advertising News

Five thoroughbred horses trained and conditioned for six weeks. More than 160 hours spent rigging equipment in six locations. A cable camera rig spanning 40 meters above the city streets. Six days of location shooting. These are some of the components in the creation of the latest Carling Black Label ad, shot in September with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Velocity Films. 

Egg Films’ Sunu makes Bakers magic

10:54 AM (17 Hours ago) Behind The Ad

Egg Films’ Sunu directed M&C Saatchi Abel’s new Bakers ad.  After a successful collaboration on Freshpak Rooibos earlier this year, Sunu jumped at the opportunity to work with M&C Saatchi Abel again and add his signature touch of warmth to another South African brand.

Aces Brew Worx brings a fresh look to craft beer

10:36 AM (18 Hours ago) In Focus
How do you make yourself stand out in a market which, by its very definition, sees itself as a distinct alternative to a mass produced product? This is a problem Dyllan and Lliam Roach, founders of Aces Brew Worx, know all about, having worked in the craft beer industry for over seven years.

The Voice South Africa names their presenters

10:34 AM (18 Hours ago) Media News
Well-known television personality Lungile Radu has been tasked with hosting The Voice South Africa, M-Net's local version of the popular international vocal talent search. At the same time, viewers can welcome a fresh new face into their homes. Vibrant radio personality Stacey Norman will do duty as The Voice SA’s very own V-reporter. 

Sunday Times welcomes new editor, Bongani Siqoko

9:59 AM (18 Hours ago) Media News
Times Media has announced that Daily Dispatch editor, Bongani Siqoko, has been appointed editor of the Sunday Times. Siqoko will replace Phylicia Oppelt who has accepted a senior position within the group as general manager, editorial projects.

ELLE names their 2015 Rising Star

9:49 AM (18 Hours ago) Awards

Young Moroccan fashion designer, Hamza Guelmouss’s life changed in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 25 November when he took home top honours at the ELLE Rising Star Design Awards held at Hyde Park.

MediaWeb: SA’s Journalism Hub

9:16 AM (19 Hours ago) In Focus
The Internet is a melting pot of information. Whatever you need or want to know, you’re likely find it. Search a topic such as journalism and you’ll discover websites detailing tips, resources, news and more. There is, however, a drawback to all this information: you can get lost; overwhelmed by the facts and figures. 

Ditch the Mo, but remember the message

9:09 AM (19 Hours ago) CSI
As the month of the Mo draws to a close, research by the Men’s Foundation has revealed that as many as 51% of men feel that they have to cope with their health concerns on their own. 

Checkers teams up with Uber for Black Friday

8:47 AM (19 Hours ago) Marketing News
Black Friday, the world’s biggest sales promotion, will be back at Checkers on Friday, 27 November. Checkers was the first food retailer to bring Black Friday to South African shores in 2014.

Our youth are marching to the beat of a new drum

14:57 PM (Yesterday) Opinion
I teach part-time at AAA and one of my lectures is always on Youth. So says Katlego Moutlana, head of strategy at Mortimer Harvey. 

Tiaan Nagel talks all things design, decor and what inspires him

14:48 PM (Yesterday) Interviews
With a formal background in fashion design and extensive experience as a design commentator, House and Leisure’s new editor Tiaan Nagel has big plans for the much loved South African design, décor and lifestyle brand.   

ROOTS 2016 to reveal changes in media consumption, purchasing and lifestyles

14:37 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
South Africa’s largest urban community level quantitative survey, ROOTS, is in field and due to be released in the first quarter of 2016 by SPARK Media. 

Stretch Experiential confirms credentials will seven new business wins

14:27 PM (Yesterday) New Accounts
Award-winning experiential marketing agency, Stretch Experiential, is set to the end 2015 on a high following no less than seven new business wins across a range of clients and industries. 

How to get over your writer’s block

14:26 PM (Yesterday) Editorial Desk
You’re staring at a blank page. Your cursor blinks, anxious for you to put it to work. Your desk is tidy; and so is the kitchen, bathroom and lounge. You’re surrounded by mind maps and detailed planning. But you can’t write.

New agency focuses on businesses in need of a new approach

14:13 PM (Yesterday) Marketing Profile
Nelon a new creative brand management agency based in Cape Town has launched with a collaborative creative consulting approach focused specifically on businesses and entrepreneurs in need of a new approach to business. 

The SA State Theatre announces appointment of new CEO

13:29 PM (Yesterday) People on the Move
It is with great pleasure that The South African State Theatre in Pretoria recently announced the appointment of its new CEO, Dr. Sibongiseni Mkhize. 

African e-commerce is gaining traction, finds Strategic Marketing Africa

13:21 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
With its young, tech-savvy population, increasing urbanisation and fast-growing middle class, Africa seems a natural fit for e-commerce. 

Styling Concepts, Press Room announce plans to integrate their businesses in 2016

12:56 PM (Yesterday) Publicity News
Leading fashion press office & PR agencies Styling Concepts (Johannesburg) and Press Room (Cape Town) today announced the plans for the integration of their businesses in 2016. 

Media24 takes home top skills development award

10:37 AM (Yesterday) Awards
The Media24 Academy won high praise this week when it was recognised by the FP&M Seta as a Best Practice Skills Development Provider for Learning Programmes in rural areas and townships.

Lebogang Rasethaba; Mzansi’s authentic auteur

10:29 AM (Yesterday) In Focus

Lebogang Rasethaba is the filmmaker who invited the world to the apartheid after-party with 2014’s Future Sounds of Mzansi documentary featuring Spoek Mathambo. The film garnered serious media hype and awards, as has Rasethaba in his multifarious career.

TBWA\ and Greatstock take home three Assegai Awards

9:56 AM (Yesterday) Awards
TBWA Hunt Lascaris Durban, in collaboration with Greatstock, has won three awards at the Assegai Awards for their unconventional ‘Be Our Art Director’ campaign. The agency took home a Black Spear Award for Most Effective Use of Content, a Bronze Award for Best Branded Content and a Gold Innovative Solutions Award.

Save valuable time with Newsclip’s Digital RedBook

9:44 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Managing and sharing your media coverage has never been this efficient. With Newsclip’s Digital Redbook, you are able to quickly access your clips, showcase them according to your requirements and share your personalised RedBook with clients or management. 

The 5 attributes of an intuitive agency culture

9:35 AM (Yesterday) Opinion
Lately I’ve been contemplating the polarity of the communications world, especially Public relations. So says Roxanne Marais, senior account manager at Tribeca Public Relations

Dot Dicks crowned winner of The Great South African Bake Off

9:33 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Dot Dicks has risen to the occasion to be crowned the winner of BBC Lifestyle’s Great South African Bake Off.

Book review: Why You Were Taken

9:23 AM (Yesterday) Entertainment Reviews
The year is 2021 and it’s late winter in Johannesburg. Outside, thunder rolls and lightening scratches across the sky. Inside, a woman sits holding a home pregnancy test. Her hammering heart betrays her steady hand. In her world, HIV might be as easy to treat as the common flu virus but falling pregnant is a different story. 

Does winning on the track mean winning on the sales floor?

9:18 AM (Yesterday) Opinion
Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. This phrase was coined by legendary US Ford dealer Bob Tasca Sr. in the 1960s. The statement alluded to motoring consumers being greatly influenced by how a particularly vehicle manufacturer performed on the racetrack on the weekend prior, says Rogerwilco editor John Harvey.

Karen Jennings’ Finding Soutbek to be translated into French

9:09 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Holland Park press has announced that it has signed a contract with Les éditions de l'Aube for the French language version of Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings.

Miners Shot Down wins International Emmy

8:46 AM (Yesterday) Media News
Al Jazeera English’s Witness documentary, Miners Shot Down, has won Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards. The documentary is now available to stream online until Tuesday, 1 December.

Deep VR riding a new digital wave

7:57 AM (Yesterday) In Focus
2015 has proven to be a watershed year for video technology. In March, YouTube announced support for 360° video, followed by Facebook doing the same in September. Amidst this change, a South African virtual reality (VR) company is in exactly the right place to explore the endless possibilities 360° video provides.

Suzelle DIY graces the cover of Good Housekeeping

16:04 PM (2 Days ago) New on the Shelf

To kick-off the festive season, readers of Good Housekeeping are in for a treat, as local DIY Internet sensation and author, Suzelle DIY, is featured on the magazine's cover. 

The ‘just pause’ marketing approach

15:55 PM (2 Days ago) Opinion
Recent global studies on human stress levels and productivity paint a particularly grim picture for those in the working world, says Blast Brand Catalysts' strategist Chris Midgley.

The Big Issue Collector’s Edition is now on sale

15:35 PM (2 Days ago) Entertainment
The Big Issue Collector’s Edition features more than 50 of South Africa’s best writers, chefs, thought leaders, public figures, photographers, cartoonists and illustrators.

BET rolls out packed December line-up

14:06 PM (2 Days ago) Entertainment
As BET – channel 129 on DStv – prepares to open up to DStv Extra and Compact viewers this December, it’s time to get ready for festive entertainment as only BET knows how, packed with drama, comedy, documentaries, pranks and stars from Beyoncé to Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and more.

Celebrate #10YearsOfRAM at RAMfest

13:49 PM (2 Days ago) Events
The Real Alternative Music Festival (known as RAMfest) has been one of the highlights on music lovers calendars for the last 10 years. RAMfest returns in 2016 with its decade celebration featuring local rock artists alongside the Los Angeles band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC).

Heavy Chef’s new mag gets creative

13:41 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
Digital learning initiative, Heavy Chef, recently launched the Campaigns Edition – the third issue of its quarterly magazine.  

Bookmark Awards Community category explained

13:22 PM (2 Days ago) Awards

Digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and to battle it out for the industry’s most coveted awards, the 2016 Bookmark Awards, across eight categories, of which the Community category is one.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to South African screens on BBC Lifestyle

12:50 PM (2 Days ago) Entertainment

Strictly Come Dancing is back. Fifteen new celebrities are ready to dance onto South African screens screens as the series finds a new home on BBC Lifestyle. 

The Kings of Vernac brings you nine comedians in nine languages

12:08 PM (2 Days ago) Entertainment
Comedy lovers are set to receive a treat in a first of its kind comedy show which features all nine vernacular languages. Premium comedy, which has had six sold-out previous shows (Soweto Comedy Festival, and Mandela Day Comedy Special to mention a few), has gone all out to rope in Siswati, TshiVenda and Xitsonga comedians in the Kings of Vernac show.

SABC takes home five PromaxBDA Africa Awards

11:51 AM (2 Days ago) Awards
The SABC has won several gongs at the annual PromaxBDA Africa Awards, held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday.

The Wedding Expo wins again

11:48 AM (2 Days ago) Awards
The Wedding Expo has, for the second year in a row, been awarded the Diamond Arrow Award in the 1000 to 5000m² category, in the annual PMR.Africa National Survey on Event and Exhibition Organisers in South Africa.

The all-round agency

11:05 AM (2 Days ago) Editorial Desk

It’s impossible to attend an industry conference or talk without the word ‘integration’ entering your earholes. And the reason for this is because integration offers more; it enables communicators to give their clients strong, centralised solutions. 

loveLife urges youth to fight against violence

11:02 AM (2 Days ago) CSI
During this 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, loveLife, South Africa’s youth leadership development organisation, aligns itself with the Department of Social Development’s “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward” theme. 

Durex launches campaign to create safe sex emoji

10:59 AM (2 Days ago) Social Media News
Global leading sexual wellbeing brand, Durex, has launched an international campaign calling for the creation of the world’s first official safe sex emoji, ahead of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, 1 December 2015.
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